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Funding yet to be sanctioned for new coastal protection measures in Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A longer-term plan for coastal protection along Galway Bay will be assessed later this year.
Senior Engineer Evan Molloy told this month’s Connemara Municipal District meeting that the funding that has been sanctioned to date has been ringfenced for repairs to existing protection damaged during severe weather.
He added that no funding has yet been sanctioned to develop new protection measures.
Fianna Fail Cllr Sean O’ Tuairisg raised the matter at the meeting in Carraroe and asked if there is any longer-term plan for coastal protection in Galway.
He told officials that Galway can expect further storms of a similar scale which communities should be prepared for.
Senior Engineer Evan Molloy advised that consultants have been brought in to examine costal protection in areas such as Inis Bofin and Inis Meain.
He said an assessment of the coastline should highlight the areas in need of new coastal protection.
Mr. Molloy said that the current repair works are part of a medium-term plan and a longer term plan will be assessed pending the ongoing study.

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1154 New Cases Of Covid 19 Confirmed

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 1,154 confirmed cases of COVID-19. 

As of 8am today, 297 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 63 are in ICU. 

The five-day moving average is 1,327.  

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Water Treatment Plants Across Galway To Be Audited As Part of Nationwide Inspection

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: Every water treatment plant in Galway and across the country is to be audited after unsafe drinking water entered the supply in the South East last month.

52 people became ill after drinking contaminated water that came from a plant in Gorey, Co Wexford, while a plant in Ballymore Eustace, which services part of Dublin, produced unsafe water for 10 hours one day last month.

An Forum Uisce says Irish Water’s delays in informing the EPA and HSE are unacceptable and clearly put the public at risk.

The Minister with responsibility for Irish Water Daragh O’Brien says the audits will start today.

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More Community Care Leads to Decrease In Waiting Times For Galway Heart Patients

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: Increased community-based care has led to shorter waiting times for cardiac appointments in Galway.

The Saolta Hospital Group says waiting lists for appointments have reduced from 6 months to 6 weeks.

In the past 7 months, more than 1-thousand people have undergone diagnostic tests through community-based services Galway University Hospitals are running with Primary Care Centres in Tuam, Gort, Claremorris and Galway City.

The new care model is also reported to be reducing pressure on hospital services such as in Outpatient and Emergency Departments.

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